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There Is Great Value in . . . READING!

Reading — Many of us need to read more. And read with purpose. And read for pleasure.

I didn’t really get serious about reading until I knew God was leading me to be a teacher! I knew I had to keep at least one step ahead of my students — so I gave myself to reading.

John Wesley put it this way as he wrote to a fellow pastor:

“What has exceedingly hurt you in time past, nay, and I fear to this day, is want of reading.

Found in a book bought in a thrift shop!

I scarce ever knew a preacher read so little. And perhaps, by neglecting it, you have lost the taste for it. Hence your talent in preaching does not increase. It is just the same as it was seven years ago. It is lively, but not deep; there is little variety, there is no compass of thought. Reading only can supply this, with meditation and daily prayer. You wrong yourself greatly by omitting this. You can never be a deep preacher without it, any more than a thorough Christian.

O begin! Fix some part of every day for private exercises. You may acquire the taste which you have not: what is tedious at first, will afterwards be pleasant.

Whether you like it or no, read and pray daily. It is for your life; there is no other way; else you will be a trifler all your days, and a petty, superficial preacher. Do justice to your own soul; give it time and means to grow. Do not starve yourself any longer. Take up your cross and be a Christian altogether. Then will all children of God rejoice (not grieve) over you in particular.”

– John Wesley to pastor John Premboth, on August 17, 1760.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2020 in reading

 

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Is Reading Complicating Your Life? (Time for a Great Cartoon)

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2018 in reading

 

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Getting into READING! (A Quote from John Piper)

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2017 in reading

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon (Reading)

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What have you been reading lately? READING is a Christian discipline which needs to be cultivated and practiced. It is so easy to allow others to do our thinking for us, don’t you agree?

I’m all for reading good Christian books — and I’ve written a few over the years. But I believe it is also important to read books that are not from a Christian perspective. Brand new believers need their reading diet to be from strong and sound books that help them grow in their Christian lives.

For those of us who have been believers for a while, it is quite likely that some of our non-Christian friends are reading books that we too need to read. Some of those books are direct attacks on our Christian faith. I call these “books that will boil your blood before you get past the preface”! Here are some of those books which I’ve read over the last few years:

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Each of these books challenges some major areas of Christian faith. What books are YOU reading that challenge you to think more deeply about your beliefs?

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2016 in reading

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon (reading)

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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in reading

 

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“Day of Hope” on WMHK (Part 1 of 3)

Friends:

Our radio station on our campus, WMHK, had me answer a few questions this morning during their “Day of Hope” program.

These segments are quite brief.  I’ll post the first below.  Would love your comments.  Blessings.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2014 in reading

 

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